Governments still dominate Terrestrial TV landscape in Arab World
The boom in the supply of free satellite TV channels in the Arab region may have stifled the terrestrial TV landscape. Local terrestrial TV stations are still alive in the region, but regulations and market dynamics have insured that –except in a few countries- the number of terrestrial TV stations did not grow in the past few years.
There are 98 terrestrial TV stations broadcasting in eighteen different Arab countries. Palestine and Iraq lead in the number of terrestrial TV stations, with the majority being privately owned. According to Arab Advisors Group surveys, terrestrial TV channels in the region still have substantial audience sizes: In Morocco and Egypt 93% and 91% of households respectively, tune into terrestrial TV stations. In Jordan 49% of households tune into terrestrial TV stations.
A new report, “Terrestrial TV in the Arab World 2006” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Media Strategic Research Service subscribers on August 8, 2006. The 23-page report, which has 22 detailed exhibits, lists and analyzes the local TV stations in eighteen Arab countries. The analysis covers the channels ownership, language of broadcast, type of programs and other available details.
“Arab Advisors Group’s analysis shows that the vast majority of the countries covered, still have full government ownership of the operational terrestrial TV stations,” Mr. Judeh Siwady, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst wrote in the report. “Only Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Tunisia (of the 18 countries covered in this report) have operational private terrestrial TV stations, while The UAE and Egypt have the largest number of governmental terrestrial TV stations. Jordan awaits its first private terrestrial TV station in 2006” Mr. Siwady added.